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Jim Peterka is a member of Locke Lord’s IP Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology and IP Litigation groups, and focuses his practice primarily on Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical patent litigation. He regularly counsels generic pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in connection with patent issues and in all aspects of patent litigation. Jim’s Hatch-Waxman experience ranges from pre-litigation activities, including patent design-around and invalidity counseling and preparation of Paragraph IV notice letters, through discovery, claim construction proceedings, trial, and appeal. He also represents clients in connection with a variety of FDA regulatory issues.
In addition to his Hatch-Waxman practice, Jim has significant experience involving patent litigation and patent counseling in a variety of other areas, including food science, materials science, and mechanical engineering. His intellectual property practice also extends to trade-secret litigation, copyright and trademark prosecution and litigation, and evaluation and analysis of intellectual property in the context of commercial transactions.
Jim also has experience litigating and counseling clients with respect to various contract and environmental law issues, and regulatory, liability and transactional matters in the agricultural field.
Jim has handled a variety of pro bono matters, including trademark registration and licensing, landlord-tenant disputes, and family law matters, through the St. Procopius Legal Aid Clinic, the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and the Center for Disability and Elder Law.
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